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RocketCam Eight for Eight in 2007

2007 Dec 20

Ecliptic's RocketCam product family continued to meet every launch challenge with success during 2007, going eight for eight.

The year started with RocketCam on a Minotaur 1 rocket supplied by Orbital Sciences Corporation, launching the USAF NFIRE spacecraft into orbit on April 24.

All three Shuttle launches during the year were supported with aft-looking RocketCam systems on the External Tank and both Solid Rocket Boosters:  STS-117 (Atlantis, June 8), STS-118 (Endeavor, August 8) and STS-120 (Discovery, October 23).  Each Shuttle mission was focused on providing continuing support to the International Space Station effort.

RocketCam also provided onboard views from two Delta rockets supplied by United Launch Alliance:  an Atlas 5 (NROL-30, June 15) and the second launch of the Delta IV Heavy (DSP-23, November 10).

Two suborbital launches, both boosters for Missile Defense Agency Medium Range Target tests, involved RocketCam sensors and avionics:  FTM-12 (June 22) and JFTM-1 (December 17).

RocketCam activity in 2008 should prove to be comparable to that experienced in 2007, with a launch every 4 to 8 weeks.

 

 

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